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UPDATE – PEF SFY 2018-2019 Budget Priorities

PEF Members and Leaders, the final version of the Public Protection Bill is now available and has removed each of the issues deemed as PEF budget priorities.  Please see attached

A.9505-D/S.7505-C  – Public Protection and General Government

• Omitted DOCCS pilot release programs (Part J)

• Omitted DOCCS geriatric parole (Part L)

• Omitted OITS term appointments (Part W)

• Omitted Medicare Part B reimbursement cap (Part Z)

• Omitted IRMAA payments ending (Part AA)

• Omitted DOCCS Commissioner hiring/firing powers and new discipline hearings (Part KK)

Thousands of PEF members have completed and returned our fightback letters and/or made local legislative visits and the results speak volumes for our political engagement activities. We still have two (2) days until the budget deadline. I would ask that you continue to encourage members to take the time to write letters and visit their legislators with the information they have receivedand make this a team effort in stopping the damaging portions of the 2018 budget proposals.

What are some other things member’s can do?

In Unity,
Wayne Spence, PEF President
#WeAreStrongerTogether
#unrigthesystem

PEF SFY 2018-2019 BUDGET PRIORITIES:

  • OITS Term Appointments

Public Protection and General Government (A.9505/S.7505)—Part W
This bill would authorize up to 300 Information Technology (IT) term appointments for up to 60 months without initial Civil Service examination.  Appointments can be extended for an additional 36 months, pending certification of promotional lists.

The proposal circumvents Civil Service Law and prevents promotional opportunities.

PEF Request:             Reject A.9505/S.7505 Part W

Assembly Action:        Rejected A.9505 Part W

Senate Action:            Rejected S.7505 Part W         

  • Freeze on Medicare Part B Reimbursement

Public Protection and General Government (A.9505/S.7505)—Part Z
This bill would amend section 167-a of the Civil Service Law to provide that, effective April 1, 2017, State reimbursement to eligible retirees and their dependents for the Medicare Part B standard premium shall be not exceed $134 per month.  While this represents an increase for some, the language provides that any future increases would be subject to negotiations in the state budget, meaning they are far less likely to happen.

PEF Request:             Reject A.9505/S.7505 Part Z

Assembly Action:        Rejected A.9505 Part Z

Senate Action:            Rejected S.7505 Part Z

  • End Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amounts (IRMAA) Reimbursement

Public Protection and General Government (A.9505/S.7505)—Part AA
Effective January 1, 2018, the State would stop the automatic reimbursement of the Income Related Monthly Adjustment Amounts (IRMAA) for Medicare premiums incurred on or after January 1, 2018 for higher income State retirees. Higher-income retirees currently receive a greater subsidy for New York State Health Insurance Program (NYSHIP) than the amounts received by lower and middle-income retirees. Impacted retirees stand to lose anywhere from $642 to $3,535 per year.

PEF Request:             Reject A.9505/S.7505 Part AA

Assembly Action:        Rejected A.9505 Part AA

Senate Action:            Rejected S.7505 Part AA

  • Design-Build Expansion

Transportation, Economic Development and Environmental Conservation (A.9508/S.7508)—Part R
This bill would expand the provisions of current law to enable the Dormitory Authority, the Urban Development Corporation, the Office of General Services, the Department of Health and the Olympic Regional Development Authority to award a contract to a single entity for both the design and construction (design-build) aspects of a project. The types of capital projects for which design-build contracts can be used would be amended to also included buildings and appurtenant structures.  In addition, the $10 Million minimum cost of a design-build project is only included for OGS and DOH.

Design-build allows for privatization of public work that has been traditionally performed by state employees. Important capital projects should be performed by state workers since they focus on the safety and well being of our taxpayers instead of corporate profits.

PEF Request:             Reject A.9508/S.7508 Part R

Assembly Action:        Rejected A.9508 Part R

Senate Action:            Rejected S.7508 Part

  • Voluntary Jail-based Restoration to Competency Programs

Health and Mental Hygiene—(A.9507/S.7507) Part W and S.7500/A.9500 P. 475
This proposal would amend Section 730.10 of the Criminal Procedure Law (CPL) to authorize the establishment of jail-based restoration to competency programs, for felony defendants pending judicial hearings, within locally-operated jails and State prisons operated by the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS), subject to the facility’s consent.

The proposal calls for the creation of residential mental health units within local jails and state correctional facilities.  Correctional facilities are not the appropriate locations to rehabilitate individuals requiring mental health services.  State mental health facilities or other well-equipped hospitals or centers are where these individuals should be restored to competency.

PEF Request:             Reject A.9507/S.7507 Part W & A.9500/S.7500 P. 475

Assembly Action:        Rejected A.9507 Part W & A.9500 P. 475

Senate Action:            Rejected S.7507 Part W & S.7500 P. 475

  • SUNY Hospitals Funding

Capital Projects (A.9504/S.7504)—P. 447

 The Governor has proposed removing the State subsidy for SUNY Hospitals and replacing it with $78.6 Million in capital funding.

This is problematic as it will leave our SUNY Hospitals dramatically underfunded.

PEF Request:             Restore the traditional subsidy for SUNY Hospitals

Assembly Action:        Restored the subsidy of $78.6 Million (A.9500-B; P. 660)

Senate Action:            Restored the subsidy of $78.6 Million (S.7500-B P. 648)

  • Ella McQueen Closure

Education, Labor and Family Assistance (A.9506/S.7506)—Part H
This proposal would allow for the closure of the Ella McQueen Reception Center for Boys and Girls provided that 30 days’ notice is provided.

Currently, state law required 12 months’ notice for such closure.  Closing this facility before seeing what impact the new Raise the Age law has on the system is premature.

PEF Request:             Reject A.9506/S.7506 Part H

Assembly Action:        Rejected A.9506 Part H

Senate Action:            Rejected S. 7506 Part H

  • DOCCS Expansion of Commissioner’s Powers/Loss of Union Rights

Public Protection and General Government (A.9505-A/S.7505-A)—Part KK
This proposal would give discretion to the DOCCS Commissioner when it comes to nearly all phases of employment within the Department.  The power is based on many undefined, vague terms.

The bill would also explicitly remove the collectively bargained hearing procedure for anyone accused of serious misconduct and replace it with the Department’s own internal process, which can include questioning an employee without union representation.

PEF Request:             Reject A.9505-A/S.7505-A Part KK

Assembly Action:        Rejected A.9505-A Part KK

Senate Action:            Rejected S.7505-A Part KK

#WeAreStrongerTogether 

#unrigthesystem